Tuesday, 21 May 2019 11:52

Huawei assures Australians their devices will keep working

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Huawei's Australian arm has assured its local customers that the moves by Google to suspend provision of Android updates will not have any impact on those who own a Huawei smartphone or tablet, or those who plan to buy one from an Australian retail outlet.

Huawei Australia Corporate Affairs director Jeremy Mitchell said in a statement that people in Australia who used Huawei devices would still receive security updates and be able to use Google apps.

His statement came after the US placed Huawei and 68 of its affiliates on a list that makes it compulsory for the company to seek permission if it wishes to buy any American products for manufacturing its devices.

That action last Thursday came shortly after the US officially banned the use of equipment from Huawei and ZTE Corporation, with President Donald Trump signing an executive order to this effect.

On Tuesday, the US issued an advisory saying it was loosening the restrictions until 19 August so that Huawei could maintain and update existing networks and handsets.

Said Mitchell: "Australian consumers will be able to continue using Google services like Google Play and Gmail on their Huawei phones as they normally would.

"Google Android updates will continue to be provided for Huawei EMUI and Google apps will not be affected."

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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